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sudden onset of bloodshot in one eye. no pain or discomfort.

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sudden onset of bloodshot in one eye. no pain or discomfort. condition happened afte a long session in a garden in a high wind condition. three days ago, no improvrment. thank you
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.

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Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

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Good morning. You have experienced a subconjunctival hemorrhage, a very common condition.

Dr. Rick :

First of all, stop the visine. It will not get this red out (no matter what it says on the bottle ;) and it will just irritate your eye.

Dr. Rick :

In the vast majority of cases, sub conjunctival hemorrhage is nothing to worry about. It is usually not a sign of any serious condition but rather is just a small broken blood vessel in the conjunctiva that looks much worse than it really is.

No treatment is necessary. Think of a subconjunctival hemorrhage as a bruise. The reason it looks so red (some people say it looks like a piece of raw meat) is that the skin on your eye is very thin so the underlying blood shows through easily. On your arm, for instance, a bruise looks blue/purple because the overlying skin is thick, blocking the red color of the blood.

Like a bruise elsewhere a subconjunctival hemorrhage will slowly go away over the course of a couple of weeks. It may spread around the globe some and change colors as it clears. This is nothing to be concerned about.


 

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
I'm not sure if you could see my posts on the chat system so please allow me to copy them here for your review:



Dr. Rick : Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick : Good morning. You have experienced a subconjunctival hemorrhage, a very common condition.

Dr. Rick : First of all, stop the visine. It will not get this red out (no matter what it says on the bottle ;) and it will just irritate your eye.

Dr. Rick : In the vast majority of cases, sub conjunctival hemorrhage is nothing to worry about. It is usually not a sign of any serious condition but rather is just a small broken blood vessel in the conjunctiva that looks much worse than it really is.

No treatment is necessary. Think of a subconjunctival hemorrhage as a bruise. The reason it looks so red (some people say it looks like a piece of raw meat) is that the skin on your eye is very thin so the underlying blood shows through easily. On your arm, for instance, a bruise looks blue/purple because the overlying skin is thick, blocking the red color of the blood.

Like a bruise elsewhere a subconjunctival hemorrhage will slowly go away over the course of a couple of weeks. It may spread around the globe some and change colors as it clears. This is nothing to be concerned about.

Dr. Rick : Does this make sense to you?

Dr. Rick : My system show that you are in the chat room. Are you there and available to talk?

Dr. Rick : We have been experiencing problems with the chat system for the last few days. Our engineers are working on it. However, I'll switch over to the Q&A system. This system works a lot like 'text messaging' but an email is sent to each of us anytime something is posted to this thread. We can continue to work on your question there..... :)

Dr. Rick :
It's safe for you to press the positive feedback button now if you so desire. And, never fear, even after you press that button I don't go up in a puff of smoke -- I'll still be right here to continue helping you at no additional charge :-)


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